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Administrator, Council of American Maritime Museums

Deadline for Proposals for CAMM Meeting is January 5, 2015

Prospective presenters at the upcoming CAMM annual meeting at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum need to submit their proposals by January 5, 2015.  Session proposals should be about topics of interest to your CAMM colleagues. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase current projects and share expertise!

2013 CAMM meeting, Beaufort, N.C.

Ship Plans Panel at 2013 CAMM meeting, Beaufort, N.C.

The CAMM Conference Call for Proposals is meant to be filled out online. Once completed, please save and email the form to Program Committee Chairman Marifrances Trivelli at <trivelli@lamaritimemuseum.org>.

North Carolina Maritime Museum Hiring Boatbuilder

CAMM:

The application deadline has been extended to January 2, 2015.

Originally posted on CAMM:

The North Carolina Maritime Museum in the Department of Cultural Resources seeks a Museum Specialist – Boatbuilder for its Watercraft Center in Beaufort, NC. This is a full-time permanent State Government position. The hiring salary range is $34,190 – $42,000, and the successful candidate will start working early in the New Year.

Candidates must be knowledgeable in vernacular and “classic” watercraft history and construction techniques, skilled in traditional boat building techniques and in teaching them to the public and able to train and supervise a largely volunteer work force. Prefer graduation from a four year college/university , some supervisory and managerial experience or three years of related work experience with demonstrated knowledge of boat building. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience are strongly urged to apply.

Applications must be made only online through the NC Office of State Human Resources website: http://www.oshr.nc.gov/jobs/. See specific link to this…

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Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Appoints New Executive Director

michael SmilesThe Board of Directors of Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) is pleased to announce the appointment of J. Michael “Mike” Smiles as our new Executive Director. Mike assumes the role from Erick Tichonuk, who is stepping down from the position.  He begins the leadership role on January 5, 2015.

“Mike brings a breadth of experience that will broaden the Museum’s impact in reaching and serving diverse audiences through our collection of historic replica vessels, innovative education programs, hands-on rowing programs, publications, research, and permanent and traveling exhibits,” said Board Chair Bob Beach. “We’re delighted to have him join our team of highly dedicated staff, committed volunteers, and engaged members and donors as we begin our 30th year of operation.”

Click here to read more about Mike and this exciting transition for LCMM.

Northwest Seaport Seeks Executive Director (Part Time)

nwseaportNorthwest Seaport, maritime non-profit organization with an annual budget of $150,000, is seeking an Executive Director. Northwest Seaport provides public programs focused on the maritime heritage of the Puget Sound region and the importance of our maritime industry. Northwest Seaport also collaborates with other non-profit organizations and private companies to provide workforce development programs for maritime careers. Click here for full announcement. Deadline for applications is 23 December 2014.

Consideration of Future CAMM Annual Meeting Locations

As you know the Los Angeles Maritime Museum will be hosting CAMM’s 2015 annual meeting on April 13-14. They are putting together a great mix of educational and social programs set against the backdrop of the busy port of Los Angeles.

The CAMM board is currently considering two offers to host CAMM’s annual meeting in 2016 and 2017.  Before making the final decision, they would like to provide an opportunity for other members to express their interest in hosting. Host’s responsibilities include providing a venue that’s within or nearby their museum; making local arrangements for lodging, meals, boat cruise, and optional field trips; establishing the budget; creating the schedule; and providing support for the program sessions.

Since CAMM attempts to hold its meetings in different parts of the country, the Board would welcome offers from member institutions along the Gulf Coast.

If you are interested in hosting a conference please contact Dave Pearson at pearson@crmm.org or any CAMM Board Member to express your interest before December 19th.

Attendees at the 2014 CAMM meeting pose in front of the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio.

Attendees at the 2014 CAMM meeting pose in front of the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio.

Plimoth Plantation and Mystic Seaport Announce Collaborative Restoration of Mayflower II

Restoration of Iconic Ship Essential for Historic 2020 Commemoration

Plymouth, MA—December 4, 2014—Plimoth Plantation and Mystic Seaport, both acclaimed New England history museums, are pleased to announce a collaborative project to restore and repair Mayflower II, a full-scale reproduction ship owned by Plimoth Plantation. Work on the historic ship will take place at the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport, adhering to The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Vessel Preservation Projects. A cohesive restoration plan will be established in conjunction with Plimoth Plantation’s Maritime Artisans Program, led by the museum’s newly-hired Associate Director for Maritime Preservation and Operations, Whit Perry. Mayflower II is scheduled to depart the Plymouth waterfront for Mystic Seaport sometime over the next several days depending on weather conditions.

Copy of Mayflower II at sea_cmykWork will begin in December on a multi-year phased restoration plan, honoring the ship’s original construction and using traditional methods with the goal of restoring the ship to her original state when she first arrived to Plymouth in 1957. Inspections in 2013 revealed that Mayflower II is in need of a major refit, which is normal for a nearly 60-year-old wooden ship. Recently, Plimoth Plantation completed some major repairs to secure a safe condition for the ship to continue operations on the Plymouth waterfront. These efforts were the initial steps toward addressing the long-term restoration plan.

Upon the ship’s arrival at Mystic Seaport, the restoration plan will begin following three phases: survey, document, and restore. A comprehensive marine survey will be completed by Paul Haley of Capt. G.W. Full & Associates, the same firm that surveyed several vintage vessels including the Mystic Seaport flagship Charles W. Morgan, the USS Constitution, the USS Constellation, and many additional projects within the tall ship community. Stone and iron ballast will be completely removed for the first time since the ship’s construction nearly 60 years ago, to allow proper inspection of the bilge area. The scope and plan for this winter’s restoration work will largely be determined by the needs identified once the ship is out of the water and the ballast is removed.

“Part of our mission at Mystic Seaport is to pass on the skills and techniques of traditional shipbuilding and historic preservation to the next generation, and projects such as this enable us to fulfill that goal while at the same time supporting an important member of the history museum community,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to help restore Mayflower II, so she can continue to tell the story of the Pilgrims and their brave journey to America.”

Mayflower II’s future vitality depends on continual preservation. The significant restoration of the 57-year-old wooden ship is scheduled for completion prior to 2020–the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival. The celebrated ship is a major exhibit of Plimoth Plantation and a leading tourism attraction in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, drawing millions of people from around the world to Plymouth’s historic waterfront to learn about the United States’ early Colonial history.

“Mystic Seaport is the clear choice for restoring Mayflower II. She will be in good hands with the Museum’s skilled craftspeople and shipwrights. The staff and boards of both museums share pride in this collaboration and profound respect for this treasured ship,” said Ellie Donovan, Plimoth Plantation’s executive director. “We greatly appreciate the enormous support for Mayflower II, especially from the Massachusetts State leadership for ensuring a major part of the funding for her restoration.”

Mayflower II will be available for visitors to view in the shipyard at Mystic Seaport, allowing Mayflower II to continue to educate and inspire the public throughout the restoration process. The shipyard is open to visitors during the Museum’s operating hours. (Please check the Mystic Seaport website for seasonal changes.) If repairs go as planned, Mayflower II is expected to return to Plymouth in late May, 2015. Sourcing rare, large-dimensioned white oak, which is needed in wooden-ship construction, is not expected to be an issue during this round of repairs. Plimoth Plantation acquired approximately 2,500 board feet from Berea College in Kentucky, and an additional 2,500 board feet from another restoration project in Rhode Island.

About Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and a living museum dedicated to telling the history of Plymouth Colony from the perspective of both the Pilgrims and the Native Wampanoag people. Located less than an hour’s drive south of Boston in Plymouth, Massachusetts, (Exit 4, Route 3 south) and 15 minutes north of Cape Cod, the Museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week, from the third Saturday in March through the end of November 2014. Plimoth Plantation is a private, not-for-profit educational institution supported by admission fees, contributions, memberships, function sales and revenue from a variety of dining programs/services/special events and Museum Shops. Plimoth Plantation is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate and receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, private foundations, corporations, and local businesses. For more information, visit http://www.plimoth.org.

About Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The Museum’s collection of more than two million artifacts includes more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography in the country. The state-of-the-art Collections Research Center at Mystic Seaport provides scholars and researchers from around the world with access to the Museum’s renowned archives. Mystic Seaport is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $24 for adults and $15 for children ages 6-17. Museum members and children 5 and under are admitted free. For more information, please visit www.mysticseaport.org and follow Mystic Seaport on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

2015 Northwest Anthropological Conference Call for Papers

NWAC 1st call for papers
The 2015 Northwest Anthropology Conference will be held in Eugene, Oregon, from March 25th-28th. I am sending this email in hopes of garnering interest in organizing a maritime archaeology and history session at NWAC (our 5th!). I’m happy to accept submissions from a wide range of subjects related to submerged and non-submerged resources, including maritime heritage, preservation, and history, as well as nautical archaeology. In particular, I’m looking to include topics relating to underwater and nautical archaeology in Canada, maritime projects being conducted by volunteer and non-profit organizations, and general maritime research topics. Interested parties may send their abstracts to me for inclusion into the session at this address.

The conference will be held at the Valley River Inn in Eugene, Oregon. Please feel free to email me  if you have questions or comments, or you can call me at the phone number(s) listed below. Further, if you know of someone that may be interested in presenting at this symposium, please feel free to forward me their information and I will be happy to send an invitation!

Thank you for your time,

Jacqueline L. Marcotte, MA, RPA
Maritime Archaeologist
ESA | Northwest Cultural Resources Group
5309 Shilshole Ave NW, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98107
206.789.9658 | 206.789.9684 fax
360.513.6969 cell
jmarcotte@esassoc.com | http://www.esassoc.com